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Curriculum Vitae


Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon

(Natalie D-Napoleon)


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  • 2022 - PhD in Creative Writing - ECU (RTP Scholarship) (current student)

  • 2016 – Master of Arts (Writing) – Swinburne University 

  • 2004 - CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

  • 1995 - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (English) - Curtin University



  • Highest achieving graduate in the MA of Writing (GPA: 3.917), Swinburne University, 2016

  • Winner 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, University of Southern Queensland, Australia for “First Blood: A Sestina”

  • Debut poetry book “First Blood” published by Ginninderra Press (Adelaide), 2019

  • 7 years’ experience as a Laboratory Teaching Assistant and tutor at the Writing Centre at Santa Barbara City College, the top-rated Community College in the US in 2016

  • #1 Indie AIR Chart Album (original songs) - You Wanted to Be the Shore But Instead You Were the Sea as Natalie D-Napoleon




  • “I’ve Been Dreaming About Eating Salmon” - Third Place, Tom Collins Poetry Prize, FAWWA, Feb 2022

  • “The Contents of My Son’s Pockets on Wash Day” – Highly Commended, MPU International Poetry Prize, Feb 2022

  • “September Days” - Highly Commended, OOTA Spilt Ink Poetry Prize, Oct 2021

  • “September Days” - Winner, Fremantle Library Poetry Month Comp., Aug 2021

  • “Statues” - Campus Writing Competition Monthly Prize - video reading, March 2021

  • “If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears” - Winner KSP Poetry Prize, 2019

  • “When You Need to Start Again” - Commended, 2019 Mundaring Poetry Prize

  • “First Blood: A Sestina” - Winner 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • “Border Crossings: Immigration advice for those attempting to cross borders” - Finalist, Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize, 2018

  • “Finding Napoleon” - Finalist “Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award,” 2018 International Literary Awards, Salem College, Centre for Women Writers, USA 






Recent publications of poetry:

  • “More Flies Than Stars” - Westerly, 2022 (forthcoming)

  • “The Crackle” - Australian Poetry Journal Volume 9, Ed. Lucy Dougan, 2021

  • “The Weather in My Head” - Bluebottle Journal, 2021

  • “On Day One, We Will Begin Working” - Cordite, Oct 2020

  • “Definition wog (n); a thing” - Griffith Review, 2020

  • “My Mother on Astronomy” - Australian Poetry Anthology, 2020

  • “When You Need to Start Again” - Right Now, 2020

  • “CKB14” and “Breaks” - Unusual Work, no. 28, Collective Effort Press, 2020

  • “If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears” - The Australian (Review), 2020

  • “Syzygy” - StylusLit, Issue 6, 2020

  • “Write An Island” - Griffith Review 65, 2019

  • “Zemlja” and “Pioneer Day” - Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, vol. 9. Issue 1, 2019

  • “Careful” - The Australian Multilingual Writing Project (Issue 2), 2019 

  • “No Box” - Southerly (journal), 78.2, 2019

  • “Your Mother Says it Was the Books” and “Tell a Story” - Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation 41.1&2, 2018

  • “Mother Cento” - What Are Birds? (journal), Issue 1.1, USA, Dec 2018

  • “How to Make Sand” - Backstory Journal, Issue 6, Dec 2018

  • “Interrupted” - Unlost Journal, Sept 2018

  • “The Peppermint Tree” - Creatrix 42, Sept, 2018

  • “Bird Song” - Australian Poetry Anthology, 2018 

  • “Los Cementeros 69” - Poetry WTF?!, March 2018

  • “Family History” - StylusLit, Issue 3, 2018

  • “I Hear Things” - Australian Poetry Journal, issue 7.2, 2017 

  • “oooO” - Dream Pop!, October 2017

  • “The Sound of Borders” - Poetry WTF?!, Sept 2017

  • “The Mouth is a Door” - StylusLit (journal), Sept 2017

  • “Grains of Sand” and “Found” - Found Poetry Review, Volume 10, January 2017 

  • “Unborn”, “Fuzzy” and “Bird Song” - “The Birds: Three Poems,” Entropy Magazine, Sept 2015

  • “Short Skirts” - Fem Static Zine, Issue 5, Oct 2015

  • “Come Walk With Me” - *82 Review, Issue 3.2

  • “Dert Rendezvous” and “Grains of Sand” - Tincture Journal, Sept 2015

  • “Stories and Sand” - Bukker Tillibul, volume 8, 2015

  • “The Sting of the Little Things” and “The Grand Canyon at Midnight” - Literary Orphans, 2015


Creative Nonfiction:

  • “Nine Fingers” (short story) - The Short Story Dispenser (via Short Edition), Raine Square Perth, WA 2020

  • “Crossing” - Meanjin, Autumn, 2019

  • “Three Rocks, A Guitar Pick and a Fallen Joshua Tree” - Hippocampus, 2018

  • “Ungraspable Loss” - The Squeeze, August 2016

  • “I Used to Believe in Magic” - The Manifest-Station, April 2015


Writing Panels, Performances and Readings:

  • Music performance - Grand Opening City of Fremantle Library, Feb 2022

  • Voicebox Reading Series, Jan 2022: Host with guests Mike Heald and Maddie Godfrey

  • Reading: Mission Poetry Series (USA) (online): with Luisa A. Igloria and Grisela Acosta

  • Reading: “Fast Talking Women” - Perth International Poetry Festival - Feature reader, Sept 2021

  • Bespeak: Red Room Poetry, WA Poetry Showcase - Music and poetry, Aug 2021 

  • Reading: “How to Make Sand” - Shifting Sands - BRINK Festival Event, March 29, 2021.

  • Under a WA Sky, Eco-poetry Event: Perth Poetry Festival, March 2021 - Curator and Host with Allan Boyd, Liana Joy Christensen, Josephine Clarke, Soul Reserve.

  • Experimental Poetry Showcase, Perth Poetry Festival, March 20, 2021 - “How to Make Sand” Suite of music and poetry with Cathi Oliveri on viola

  • Voicebox Poetry Reading Series, Jan 2020 - Host with guests Rajan Sharma and Caitlin Maling

  • First Blood Book Launch, Nov 19, 2019, - Three-O Cafe, Fremantle with guest Cathi Olivieri on viola for a suite of spoken word.

  • Perth Poetry Club - Feature Guest (book launch) - Nov 2019

  • Perth Poetry Festival 2019, International Guest Poet - Several readings, panels and sold out workshop on erasure poetry.

  • “Tuesday Poets at the Library” - with Steve Braff and Rick Benjamin, Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, Nov 13, 2018

  • “First Blood: A Sestina” - Reading at University of Southern Queensland Writing Awards Night, Aug 10th, 2018

  • “The First Drug” - Spirits in the Air: Poetry and the Liquid Muse, The Good Lion, USA, Apr 25, 2018

  • “A Fluid Border,” “Tell a Story” and “O The Celestial Objects” - Out Loud, Earth Day Reading, USA, Apr, 2018

  • “I Used to Believe in Magic” (creative non-fiction) - Association for Women in Communications “After Dark Storytelling Event,” USA, Apr 5, 2017

  • “Writing Across the Multiverse: Women Who Write Across Genres” - poetry reading and panel discussion, Antioch University, USA, 18 Nov 2016



  • “46.2 Degrees” and “Mourning Song”: Brushstrokes II: Ros Spencer Poetry Contest Anthology 2020-21, Eds Ann Gilchrist and Mike Greenacre (WA Poets Publishing, 2021)

  • “The Morning After” and “On Becoming”: What We Carry: Poetry on Childbearing, Eds Ella Kurz, Simone King and Claire Delahunty (Recent Work Press, 2021)

  • “Breaks” and “Time Stopped” - Not Keeping Mum: Australian Writers Tell the Truth About Perinatal Anxiety and Depression in Poetry, Fiction and Essay, ed. Maya Linden, 2020.

  • “Ash” - Messages From the Embers: Australian Bushfire Poetry Anthology, Eds Julie Kaylock and Denise O’Hagan (Black Quill Press, 2020)

  • “First Blood” - In Your Hands (Red Room Poetry Anthology, 2020)

  • “Papercuts” - I Protest! Poems of Dissent, ed. Stephen Matthews (Ginninderra Press, 2020)

  • “Walking” - These Tiny Threads Remind Me: the Written in the time of Covid-19 Anthology (Nillumbik Shire Council, 2020)

  • “Woman” - Mountain Secrets (anthology) (Ginninderra Press) Ed. Joan Fenney

  • “The Labyrinth and the Thread” - Poetry d’Amour (anthology)

  • “A Hollow in the Bones” - Psalms of Cinder & Silt, Solo Novo Vol. 7/8 (USA)

  • “The Crackle” - Kaleidoscope: The Colours of Katharine, KSP Writers Centre, 2019

  • “On Day 1, We Will Begin Working” - Poets Facing the Wall anthology, Raving Press, USA, 2018

  • “Cementerio (Cemetery)” - To Give Life a Shape: Poems Inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gunpowder Press, USA Oct 2017

  • Six Word Memoir - The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More (Six-Word Memoir), ed. Larry Smith, St Martin’s Griffin, 2015


Articles (a selection of published articles):

  • “Three Ways to Open Your Mind to Poetic Thinking” - Writer’s Digest, March 2018

  • “Six Lessons Learned from a Year of 101 Rejections” - Writer’s Digest, “The Writer’s Dig,” Jan 2018

  • “Farm Stay USA” (travel article) – Santa Barbara News-Press, 8 Aug, 2014


Writing Workshops (includes those presented at Santa Barbara City College):

  • WRT3107 - Writing Poetry (lecturer and tutor) - Edith Cowan University, 2022

  • “Writing from Real Life” Workshop - Designed and ran workshop for WA Poets Inc., Perth., 2021

  • “What is Erasure Poetry?” Workshop - For Perth Poetry Festival via WA Poets Inc., Perth., 2019

  • “Ekphrastic poetry” workshop at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Feb 2018

  • The Writing Process

  • Pre-writing Strategies

  • Writing Anxiety

  • Song Lyrics 101

  • Introduction to Citation

  • Introduction to Research

  • MLA Citation

  • APA Citation





2022 - August 2020 - ECU - WRT3107: Writing Poetry - Sessional Teacher

  • Teach WRT3107 Writing Poetry curriculum: focusing on the generation, drafting, and critical feedback of contemporary free-verse poetry. Areas covered include Coming-of-Age, The Abject, Elegies, Lists and epistolary and The Lyric.

  • Lecture, generate writing exercises, provide and facilitate both teacher and student critical feedback and discussion of poetry

  • Grade final submissions

  • Supervise English Honour’s student - weekly meetings, editing, feedback.


August 2020 - September 2020 - Writing WA/City of Rockingham Writers Mentorship Program - Mentor

  • Meet with mentee and provide writing feedback, direction and advice over six weekly sessions

  • Assist junior writer in preparing and completing a piece for prize entry

  • Provide advice on entering the writing community and getting published 


July 2016 – June 2019 – Writing Centre – Santa Barbara City College – Writing Centre

Laboratory Teaching Assistant

  • Provide training and assistance to students and faculty concerning the operations of Learning Resource Writing Centre; assist in planning, organizing, and maintaining Writing Centre schedules and calendars, assist faculty assigned to the Writing Centre in revising curriculum and resource materials for serving students in the Centre and training tutors as needed; and maintain a variety of educational materials for use within the Writing Centre. 

  • Train and provide working direction to LRC Writing Centre tutors; assist with the pedagogical support provided to LRC Writing Centre students and tutors to meet educational goals for assigned disciplines; monitor Writing Centre resources in order to support their maintenance and proper working condition. 

  • Assist in preparing and disseminating promotional and informational materials for the Writing Centre; assist with outreach campaigns; and conduct Writing Centre orientations and presentations as assigned. Update and maintain Writing Centre 

website and online content as required.


January 2012 – July 2016 – Writing Centre – Santa Barbara City College – Writing Centre

Writing Tutor

  • Assist students with prewriting, writing, editing, MLA and other citation guidelines, grammar, essay structure, thesis and content development of academic writing

  • Tutor students with writing assignments utilizing student centered techniques within 30-minute timeframe

  • Ability to tutor a diverse student population with varied learning styles and ability levels


March 2010 - August 2014 – EF International Language School

Cambridge Oral Examiner 

  • To interlocute CAE and FCE Cambridge oral exams within set time, requiring accurate time management skills and clear pronunciation.

  • Assess CAE and FCE students in Cambridge oral exams; requiring the ability to grade grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, discourse management, and partner interaction. 


August 2013 – December 2013 – Allan Hancock College

Writing Tutor (Adjunct Faculty) 

  • Tutor diverse student body, including ESL learners, in the English 512, 513 and 514 curricula

  • Assist students in working through writing packet exercises to be completed at the Writing Centre, which includes assisting with grammar, sentence structure, essay structure, thesis writing, brainstorming, and planning skills

  • Assist students with checking completed essays for structure, content and format concerns to spelling, grammar and sentence level concerns


March 2010 - August 2010 – EF International Language School (Santa Barbara)

English as a Second Language Teacher 

  • Teach Cambridge FCE and CAE Exam classes (university level test of English)

  • Teach EF General English classes using EF curriculum – covering reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

  • Trained and work as Cambridge examiner and interlocutor for EF

  • Created original classes for “Idioms and Slang” topic


September 2008 – 2016 - Editorial Contributor to Santa Barbara News-Press, Rhythms Magazine, X-Press Magazine, LA Yoga, Sub-Editor at LA Yoga Freelance Writer

  • Write articles, live music reviews, CD reviews, DVD reviews, research information, interview subjects, transcribe interviews.  

  • Sub-Editor at LA Yoga magazine, check for facts, spelling, grammar, and accuracy.


September 2004 – March 2008 - Milner International College of English

English as a Second Language Teacher 

  • Teach elementary to upper levels, FCE and PET Exam classes, act as examiner and interlocutor for mock FCE exams

  • Promoted after 2 years to teach IELTS exam class (university entry level test of English, focusing on reading and writing skills)  

  • Received consistently high ratings in student assessment of teaching

  • Created original afternoon conversation class curriculum






Dr. Donna Mazza (English Professor, novelist - Edith Cowan University) - Ph: 08  9780 7742, email:


Dr. Beth Taylor-Schott (LTA, Santa Barbara City College Writing Centre) – + 1 805 965 0581 x2671, email: 


Felicia Tomasko (Editor in Chief, LA Yoga Magazine, USA) – + 1 805 452 1319, email:





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